Baroness Floella Benjamin inspires a new generation with The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC)

Posted: 25th January 2022

QGC Ambassador Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE DL and Royal Russell School pupils planted a beautiful Oak tree and saplings on Royal Russell’s 110 acre campus. 

The Jubilee trees were planted as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy – a unique tree planting initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Royal Russell’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.  

Chris Hutchinson, Headmaster of Royal Russell School commented “I am delighted to welcome Lady Benjamin back to Royal Russell for this fantastic initiative. We are thrilled to be able to plant this beautiful Oak tree as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. We strongly believe in the wellbeing benefits of a green environment and I’ve long extolled the virtues of nature and its positive impact on learning.  Being in green spaces leaves one feeling revitalised, invigorated and inspired – a perfect mindset for a full day of learning.”  


Royal Russell is particularly special for Lady Benjamin as her daughter, Alvina, attended the School as a child and now teaches there as a teacher of Geography and the Head of Reade House.  

Lady Benjamin commented “It’s so important that we look after and appreciate our environment while we still have the chance. Some of the work I do in the House of Lords is concerned with ensuring we take positive action to protect the environment. That’s why I was so happy to be invited to be an ambassador for The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. I hope future generations will enjoy this beautiful Oak tree which the children and I have planted today”. 


Heads of School. Anna, Luke, Shiraz and Amber represented their classmates at this special occasion. They commented “We are really excited to welcome Lady Benjamin to the School. The Queen’s Green Canopy is a brilliant initiative and we’re really glad to be part of such an important legacy for our country”.  


The Oak tree planted by Lady Benjamin will stand proudly in Lime Tree Quad which was designed by esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb, right in the heart of Royal Russell School and will be enjoyed by future generations of pupils. 


This special tree has been added to the interactive QGC Map, joining the growing network of green canopy projects across the country.  

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